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The device will be presented at the Black Hat Asia security conference in Singapore next month

A team of Spanish security researchers is out to beef up auto security by showing its ability to hack a car with a device the size of your hand. 
According to Forbes, security researchers Javier Vazquez-Vidal and Alberto Garcia Illera plan to show a new device they've built at the Black Hat Asia security conference in Singapore next month -- and they're hoping it will be a wake-up call for the auto industry.
The device is called the CAN Hacking Tool (CHT) and it attaches via four wires to the Controller Area Network or CAN bus of a vehicle. It draws power from the car’s electrical system and allows an attacker to send wireless commands remotely from a computer. 
The researchers say it's as easy as lifting the hood real quick or simply sliding under the car to attach the device to a vehicle and walk away. 
From there, the attacker could switch off headlights, set off alarms, roll windows up and down, and access anti-lock brakes or emergency brakes. The researchers have already tested it on four different vehicles, although they won't reveal which makes and models.

CHT [SOURCE: Forbes]

For right now, the device only works using Bluetooth, which means it can be controlled from just a few feet away. But the research team said that by the time the conference rolls around next year, it will implement a GSM cellular radio, which will allow remote control of the vehicle from a few miles away. 
“It can take five minutes or less to hook it up and then walk away,” said Vazquez-Vidal. “We could wait one minute or one year, and then trigger it to do whatever we have programmed it to do.”
What makes matters worse is that the items needed to build the device can all easily be bought from store shelves, and costs under $20 total. 
Also, it's nearly impossible to trace the attacker, according to the researchers.
The team said they built the device to show automakers what attackers are capable of, and to call for greater security in cars, which are becoming increasingly connected and more vulnerable to hacks. 
“The goal isn’t to release our hacking tool to the public and say ‘take this and start hacking cars,’” says Vazquez-Vidal. “We want to reach the manufacturers and show them what can be done.”

Source: Forbes

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RE: Lol what?
By AntiM on 2/6/2014 12:32:03 PM , Rating: 3
What if you worked for Jiffy Lube and someone paid you $500 for every one you installed?

RE: Lol what?
By FITCamaro on 2/6/2014 1:15:41 PM , Rating: 2
They could also just pay you to get the keys and then say that your car must have been stolen after they finished with it and it was sitting in the parking lot.

RE: Lol what?
By chµck on 2/6/2014 1:20:13 PM , Rating: 2
This can be used for more than stealing a car.
How about causing a deadly "accident"?

RE: Lol what?
By superflex on 2/6/2014 3:03:06 PM , Rating: 1
Ask Michael Hastings how his car suddenly accelerated into a tree and burst into flames.
That's right. You cant because he's dead for what he knew.
Yes, the technology is there and you should be worried.

RE: Lol what?
By MrBlastman on 2/7/2014 11:41:00 AM , Rating: 1
Darn straight. The death list from the Obummer administration keeps growing every day. I think he's on track to whack more people than the Clintons did.

RE: Lol what?
By JediJeb on 2/6/2014 3:55:36 PM , Rating: 2
What if you worked for Jiffy Lube and someone paid you $500 for every one you installed?

Jiffy Lube would be a good place, but even better how about working for the dealership. Imagine placing a hacking device in all the vehicles you service at the dealer or even before they are sold!

RE: Lol what?
By Solandri on 2/6/2014 4:41:59 PM , Rating: 2
Any place with valet parking. The cars (and owners/victims) will be more upscale too.

RE: Lol what?
By Spuke on 2/6/2014 5:30:08 PM , Rating: 2
You guys must all drive trucks. Good luck trying to get under my car. Make sure to bring your NASCAR floor jack (that wouldn't look out of place). And Bluetooth? You'd have to be in the back seat (I don't have one of those) to hack the car (that won't look obvious either).

RE: Lol what?
By JediJeb on 2/10/2014 2:52:33 PM , Rating: 2
Doesn't matter how low to the ground it is if you hand over your keys to a parking attendant or service person at the dealership, since they can then easily open the hood.

RE: Lol what?
By kingmotley on 2/7/2014 11:29:51 AM , Rating: 2
You mean like onstar?

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